From the clinical perspective, dentistry is similar around the world. All dentists go to school, obtain a license, and work hard to prevent and treat tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, throat and oral cancer, tooth loss, and other conditions that might limit a person's ability to smile, bite, chew, or speak. However, the quality of dental care and the payment method for dental services varies between nations.
Although developed countries like the United States have about one dentist for every 2,000 citizens, there is only one dentist for every 150,000 people living in developing nations like those in Africa. The lack of dentists in these underserved countries means that dental care is restricted to pain management and emergency care only.
The requirements for obtaining a dental license and the standard of dental care is set by each country. Although European schools and standards are very similar to the United States, many other countries are not able to provide the same level of education and care due to the lack of access to much needed resources such as modern equipment, supplies and facilities.
While the role of every dentist is nearly the same in every county - to ensure the oral health of the citizens - dental care can be different in each nation. Regardless, rest assured that our country is blessed to have the highest standard of dental care available in the entire world!
If you have any questions about the dental care that is available in the United States, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!